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*Home Tweet Home* by Courtney Dicmas
Home Tweet Home
by Courtney Dicmas
Ages 3-5 40 pages Doubleday April 2015 Hardcover    

When Pippi and Burt, two brightly speckled cave swallows, go looking for a bigger home, they encounter nothing but unsuitable homes.

What looks like a big, sturdy house turns out to be a snapping turtleís shell. The fluffy spotted home is a cheetahís back, and the pink island is a grabby octopus.

Near the end of the book, they can be seen trying out a kangarooís pouch and a foxís tail, but each home comes with certain drawbacks. Itís silly to see how Pippa and Burt live in a tiny nest with their eight siblings at the beginning and end of the book, but itís comforting to see them with their family. They learn to appreciate what they have and to make the best of where they live.

The gouache, acyclic, and colored pencil illustrations make this book a standout on the shelf. The birds look like colored Easter eggs but with human-like qualities. Rupert has stinky feet, Maude kicks his brother a little too hard when he practices judo, and Cecil plays the cymbals and bag pipes.

I think kids will be entertained by this story, especially because they can try to guess which animal the birds are sitting on.
 


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